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2012 NALRC Technology Workshop

The NALRC hosted the 2012 Technology Workshop from May 29th to June 1st at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Workshop participants consisted largely of African language instructors within and outside the US. Professor Jacques du Plessis from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee trained the teachers to use several tools effective in enhancing the teaching and learning of language.

During the five day workshop, Professor Jacques demonstrated how to create a short pictorial video in the instructors’ native languages through user-friendly online tools such as Youtube, Prezi, Irfanview, Camtasia, Audacity, Jing and Screenr. Overall, the goals were to create and screen captured Prezi, create and upload videos to YouTube, and render YouTube in Prezi.

On the first day, the participants were introduced to Prezi, Dropbox, Audacity, and Irfanview and set up accounts for future use. These tools offer many useful functions. Prezi enables teachers to create unique online presentations, Dropbox provides online storage to save files in different formats, Audacity is used for sound editing, Camtasia is an online tool for video/audio recording and editing, and Irfanview allows teachers to edit pictures for classroom use.  Using an HD flip camera, the participants created a short video in their native languages. After the break, the participants were divided into groups to capture videos inside or outside the classroom. By the end of the session, the instructor offered insightful feedback to every video production, making the participants more aware of how to create an effective video for classroom use.

On the second day, the participants were trained to transform a basic story into a functional narration. First, the participants translated the famous children’s story of the three little pigs into their native languages. Having translated the story, they cut it into sections and put those sections into different slides using Prezi. Next, the instructor guided the participants in developing the slides by adding colors, images, and sound. Then, the participants adjusted the images using Irfanview and recorded their voices using either Audacity or Camtasia. Having collected the necessary components of a pictorial video, the participants put them together using Camtasia. By the end of the day, participants had learned plenty of tips and tricks to make quality pictorial videos. On the next day, participants developed their story in the video project. During the day, the participants worked both independently and collaboratively to finalize their projects.

Finally, on the last day of the workshop, the participants completed their project by putting together all the new sets of technology skills learnt during the workshop to consummate their project task.

An awards ceremony was held in Bascom Hall on June 1st, 2012 to celebrate the completion of both the 2012 Technology Workshop and the 2012 Summer Institute. Opening remarks were given by Professor Antonia Schleicher, NALRC Director and Professor of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor Dustin Cowell, Chair of the Department of African Languages  and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participants of the Technology Workshop  and Summer Institute gave cultural performances and reflections  on their programs.  Closing remarks and thanks from the Technology workshop were given by Boshra El – Ghazoly and Mor Gueye. The reception was also in honor of departing NALRC student assistants Holly Rubish and Kevin Barry for their service.

The following participants were gawarded certificate

Mor Gueye – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -Wolof

Boshra El-Ghazoly – Indiana University - Arabic

Gabriel Ayoola – University of Wisconsin – Madison - Yoruba

Olusegun Soetan – University of Wisconsin – Madison - Yoruba

Emuobonuvie Ajiboye – Delta State University, Abraka - Urhobo

Barbara Naa Amanuah Tetteh – Akan (Twi)

Samuel Darkwa – University of Wisconsin – Madison – Akan (Twi)